In my quest to find the most disgusting food substance on earth, I long ago discovered something known as head cheese. Here's a brief description:
Head cheese is in fact not a cheese, but meat pieces from the head of a calf or pig. It may also include meat from the feet, tongue and heart. It is usually eaten cold or at room temperature as a luncheon meat.Mmmm....
Historically meat jellies were made of the cleaned (all organs removed) head of the animal, which was simmered to produce stock. When cooled, the stock congeals because of the natural gelatin found in the skull.
So just how grotesque is this stuff? Here, you be the judge.
Oh hell yeah! See those little pieces there of tongue, heart and uh... miscellaneous head parts? Yummy.
So why exactly am I torturing you with this imagery? Because I've never know anyone on the planet who was insane enough to touch this stuff with a 10-foot fork... until now that is.
One of my longtime blog buddies, Karl, has an annual tradition of performing dares on his birthday. A few months ago he asked his readers to submit crazy things for him to do during the weeks that followed his birthday and he would pick his 5 "favorite" ideas and videotape himself doing them for us.
Well, you guessed it... on a whim I tossed in my suggestion that he "eat a big chunk of head cheese" knowing full well he'd take one look at it, throw up in his mouth, and move on to the next suggestion.
But guess what!!! Karl did NOT wimp out! And YOU get to witness it for yourselves right here.
But I have to warn you... it's not for the faint of heart (or tongue or miscellaneous head parts). I was squirming in my seat the entire video and several times I had to peek through my fingers.
So happy birthday Karl. And thank you for manning up and living up to your word. You rock.
And thumbs up to your mother for videotaping this and being such a willing accomplice to this heinous gastrointestinal crime. Ya gotta love a mom who is willing to help her son take one for the team.